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95 Theses: Thesis 88

by PastorWilliams on September 3rd, 2017

“Again: — “What greater blessing could come to the Church than if the pope were to do a hundred times a day what he now does once, and bestow on every believer these remissions and participations?””

Why wouldn’t the Pope freely and often offer the forgiveness of sins? Unfortunately, the Pope had found a way to keep his control over the lay people through their purse strings. People who are crushed by their sins will do anything to get out from under the avalanche. If that means emptying out their bank accounts, they will write the check out instantly.

What is the problem with the laity? They have been beaten down with their inferiority to God’s grace because they aren’t religious enough. If they would have joined a religious order, their lives would be better. A terrible burden rested on the “regular” people because they weren’t the religious elite. The Church’s hierarchy had become very much like the Pharisees of Jesus’ day. They looked down on anyone considered less religious than them.

But God made the entire Church “a royal priesthood” (1 Peter 2:9). Every Christian is a king/queen and a prince(ss) in God’s Church. Every Christian is able to bestow remission and participation in Christ’s mercy through the mutual consolation of the brothers (James 5:16). Jesus gave this gift to the whole Church not just the priests. As God’s “royal priesthood,” we are able to help others who are crushed by their sins so that they may rejoice in their salvation.

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